Gleason Initiative Foundation supports new building for ALS patients

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by JANE MCCARTHY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 7:08 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. --Former Gonzaga Prep, WSU and NFL star Steve Gleason is battling ALS. Gleason’s mission is to raise awareness of for the disease and make ALS patients’ lives better through fundraising.

Gleason’s foundation, Gleason Initiative Foundation, just finished a new building for ALS patients called Team Gleason House in New Orleans. His goal is to make the lives of the patients better and that is why he wanted to build this special house.

ALS has robbed the former football star of his ability to walk and talk. He is totally dependent on others and needs 24 hour care. Gleason refuses to settle for the life his ALS diagnosis has handed him.

“The Team Gleason House is something really to be proud of in New Orleans. It’s only the second house of its kind in the country,” said Gerald Duhon of Team Gleason.

Steve communicates by typing with his eyes and controls his wheelchair with his eyes. The same technology is installed throughout the Gleason House.

“People can raise and lower the temperature, adjust their bed, turn their TV on and off, all with eye technology allowing them to live more independently,” said Duhon.

The first patient is set to move into Gleason House this month with seven more from around the country to follow.

The Gleason Foundation has already hired a team of nurses to staff the house to help give round the clock care.
 

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